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Audrey Dalton

Four decades before James Cameron’s 1997 blockbuster “Titanic” made waves at the Academy Awards with 11 wins, Audrey Dalton signed on for Hollywood’s 1953 recreation of the famous 1912 maritime disaster. “Our version only received one…

Making A Difference

Clyde Ruffin describes himself as “classic overachiever.” And, if you push the rewind button of this quiet man’s life, you’ll probably agree. He graduated ahead of schedule three times and was an assistant professor at age 23. He preached…

Success and Strawberries

On Valentine’s Day, it’s all hands on deck at The Candy Factory. Friends and family converge on the sweets shop from as far away as Texas for the annual chocolate-covered strawberry production line. They are the workforce that aids Sam and…

Into The ‘Abyss’

With more than a dozen books and several short stories published, Liz Schulte is one of Columbia’s most prolific authors. Schulte writes urban fantasies, paranormal romances and romantic suspense. Often she utilizes short stories to blur…

A New Woman

Weight loss, health and money management consistently appear as New Year’s resolution themes made by American adults each year. At least 40 percent usually make resolutions, according to the Journal of Clinical Psychology, but by six months…

Richard Anderson

Richard Anderson appeared in more than 200 films and TV shows throughout his career. But it’s not just his well-known role as security chief Oscar Goldman in “The Six Million Dollar Man” that elicits fan questions on the classic…

Verna Laboy

Verna Laboy is a “social entrepreneur.” At age 57, she’s spent most of her adult life connecting people, creating support groups, mentoring, and pointing a spotlight on the needs and challenges of Columbia’s First Ward.

Keeping up with Don Waltman

Don Waltman doesn’t sit too still. At 80, he works three jobs — a part-time Burpee seed merchandiser, a staff person in the University of Missouri Athletics Department and Santa Claus — and bikes three to five days a week. Indeed, since the…

No Excuses

Charlie Digges Sr. doesn’t seem to like attention. He’d rather hear your story. His genuine interest is apparent as he listens and studies you. As he begins to share his story, you become acutely aware of what a small world it can be…

Enduring Style

Celeste Hardnock was fresh out of college when she decided to go for her dream and opened a women’s fashion boutique on Broadway. Now, 39 years later, she’s still living that dream at My Sister’s Circus.

How To Do It All Better

Bob Gerding, subject of the upcoming Alzheimer Association’s annual roast, provides a how-to guide to life. The humor he shows in his tips will serve him well on May 28 when family and friends poke fun to raise funds for Alzheimer research.…